Monday, July 06, 2015

Down by the Canal Locks near the Ottawa River

I went to the Rideau Canal near the Chateau Laurier on Sunday, July 5, 2015 to photograph a memorial to John By and another for canal workers, to be posted on my blog, Memorials in Ottawa. While I was there I took some other pictures.


The Rideau Waterway stretches 202 kilometres through a chain of lakes, rivers and canals, inking Canada's capital, Ottawa, to the historic city of Kingston on Lake Ontario. To follow the Rideau Waterway is not only a trip through some of the most picturesque countryside in eastern Ontario, but also a voyage through history.

The Rideau Canal National Historical Site, the core of the Rideau Waterway, was built between 1826 and 1832. It is the oldest continuously operating canal in North America. Originally conceived as a key part of a military defence system for Upper Canada (now Ontario), it soon became a route for local trade and luxury steamers. Considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, 19 kilometres of canals and 45 locks raise vessels 83 metres from the Ottawa River to the height of land at Newboro, and lower them to Lake Ontario. Today the log rafts and steamers of the 19th century have given way to pleasure craft, but the tradition of hand-operating the locks and swing bridges continues. Along the Rideau, one finds a unique blend of wildlife, city life and country life, of past and present, nature and culture. Designation of the Rideau Waterway as a Canadain Heritage River not only is testimony to its significance as a national treasure, but will also ensure stewardship and wise management of the waterway, and will safeguard the integrity of its unique resources for all time.


La voie navigable du canal Rideau s'étend sur 202 kilomètres, traversant une chaine de lacs, de rivières et de canaux et reliant Ottawa, capitale du Canada, à la ville historique de Kingston sur le lac Ontario. Une promenade le long de la voie navigable du canal Rideau représente non seulement une excursion parmi certains des paysages les plus pittoresques de l'est de l'Ontario, mais aussi un voyage à travers l'histoire.

Le lieu historique national du canal Rideau, cœur de la voie navigable du canal Rideau, a été construit entre 1826 et 1832. Il est le plus vieux canal continuellement en exploitation en Amérique du Nord. À l'orignie, le canal avait été conçu pour défendre le Haut-Canada (aujourd'hui l'Ontario) et représentait une composante essentielle du système de défense. Il est rapidement devenu une route pour le commerce local et les luxueux navires à vapeur. Le canal Rideau est considéré comme étant une des plus grandes réalisations techniques du XIXe siècle; 19 kilomètres de canaux et 45 écluses hissent les embarcations de 83 mètres à partir de la rivière des Outaouais jusqu'à la hauteur des terres de Newboro, et leur permettent de descendre sur la lac Ontario. Les radeaux de bois et les navires à vapeur du XIXe siècle ont cédé la voie aux navires de plaisance, bien que la tradition des ponts tournants et celle d'ouvrir et de fermer les éxcluses à la manivelle demeurent encore aujourd'hui. Le long du canal Rideau, on peut admirer le mélange unique d'une faune sauvage, d'une vie rurale et d'un environnement urbain ainsi que du passé et du présent, de la nature et de la culture. La voie navigable du canal Rideau a été désignée rivière du Patrimoine canadien en témoignage de son importance en tant que trésor national. De ce fait, la bonne intendance de son environnement et sa getstion intelligente n'en seront qu'accentuées et l'intégrité de ses ressources uniques sera sauvegardée à jamais.

A barge downbound to the
Ottawa River. The locks were
built to accommodate vessels as
large as 110 feet long and
30 feet wide. Pulbic Archives
Canada/Archives puliques
Canada PA 84504.

Une péniche descend le courant
en direction de la rivière Rideau.
Les écluses ont été construites
de façon à permettre à des
embarcations de 110 pieds de
longueur et de 30 pieds de
largeur de les franchir. Public
Archives Canada/Archives
publiques du Danada PA 84504

An illustration of the Royal
Engineers Office demolished in
1911 and excavated in 1980.

Une illustration du bureau des
Ingénieurs de Sa Majesté qui a
été démoli en 1911 et dont les
fondations ont été découvertes
lors de travaux d'excavation
effecués en 1980.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Guard Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

I was in the Parliamentary Precinct on Sunday, July 5, 2015. I made a point of going to the National War Memorial to photograph the Royal Canadian Mounted Police guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Although tourists crowded the memorial I managed to photograph it without getting any of them in my pictures.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Site of the National Holocaust Monument

The National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa will be very close to where the Canadian Firefighters Memorial is located. When I visited the Firefighters Memorial recently (May 31, 2015) I went across the street to photograph the state of the site for the Holocaust Monument.

I took this photograph to show the size of the monument's footprint. You can
see a chain link fence surrounding the site. The War Museum can be seen
partially on the right.

I have a camera with a small lens that I can get through the holes in this fence.
I didn't have it with me. You can see one of the gates to the left with a roadway
extending into the site. It looks like there's another one on the far side with a
ramp into the excavation.

Not much to see at the site at the moment, just bedrock and some accumulated ground water. I should be visiting the area again soon. If I see anything in the way of further development I'll have some more photographs to show.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Greely Canada Day Festival 2015 Bouncy Castle

As I said in a previous post, I didn't take in much of the 2015 Greely Canada Day Festival. I did photograph the 2015 bouncy castle. To me, this one is a beauty. Here are the pictures I took. You can just imagine how it works and how much fun you could have on it.


Greely had its annual Canada Day Festival. I didn't participate much this year. I had a gig earlier in the day, playing rhythm guitar in a jazz band at a retirement home. We played to sixty people. Five people stopped me on my way out of the place to tell me how much they enjoyed the music. So that's nice.

I did go over to check out the Greely Canada Day Festival, but things were just getting underway and I had an invite to go somewhere else so I didn't get to see much of the celebration. I did get to photograph the Greely Fire Station 93 fire truck, BT93. The letters tell what kind of apparatus this is and the number is the station number. For example T35 would be a tower at station 35. P47 would be a pumper at station 47. I have no idea what BT stands for. I looked it up on line and found references to the vehicle but no explanation as to the type of apparatus.

BT93 backed into place with a car on a trailer. I am assuming that the car
was used for an extrication demonstration. There are car dealers that
donate low value or write-off automobiles to the fire service for training
and demonstration purposes. Due to its proximity to Mitch Owens Road
and Bank Street/Highway 31, many of Station 93's calls involve rescuing
people from cars that have had collisions.

BT93 and others like it are ideally suited to the rural environment with respect
to fire and rescue. The vehicle looks to be a hybrid crew cab pickup truck with
an enhanced structure in place of a pickup bed. From the equipment that it
carries it looks like it can be used to perform a variety of duties.